What’s on your wishlist?

What will updating the site include?

  1. New site design (throughout the entire site, with all existing pages either converted or removed if no longer in use), using Joomla. Existing pages will be converted and cleaned up (possibly even rewritten). Pages that are no longer in use (such as the webrings page) will be removed.
  2. All regular cast biography pages will be completed and/or updated.
  3. Crew information and guests will be as complete as possible (given that I don’t currently have access to all of the episodes).
  4. The Channel Ten show section will be completed.
  5. Additional content will be added to the Supply Room and Exam Cubicle sections.

What will updating the site not include (at least not by August 2, 2009)?

  1. Being realistic, it’s probably not going to include any additional episode guides. I know that 70 days sounds like a long time, but it really isn’t. Once the new CMS is implemented, though, it will be much easier to add that information and so episodes will be updated as I can get to them, maybe one or two every week or two starting in mid-August.
  2. It also may not include all of the articles and photos that I have on hand. I’m going to try to get them all in on time, but if they aren’t all ready by the deadline, the stragglers will come in the days and weeks following the August 2 deadline.

What would you like to see on the site?

Besides it actually being updated regularly, I mean. And all the missing bits and pieces (like cast bios and the like) being finally filled in. Is there anything that isn’t currently on the site and not on the “to do” list for the site that you’d like to see here?

For example, I had been considering restarting the forum again. Does anyone want that? Jodi’s Yahoo mailing list is nice (though I admit I don’t venture there very often) but there’s something to be said for an actual forum, one that isn’t hidden behind a locked door.

What else would you like to see here? Now’s the time to tell me, so leave a comment (or drop me an email) and let me know what’s on your wishlist.

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If you wait long enough…

…you don’t have to finish anything.

Such has been my history with redesigning this site. Long before I ever complete a redesign, I either get bored with the new look, tired of the sheer amount of work involved, or sidetracked by other things.

So, here we are. This site redesign has been taking so freaking long that I’ve changed my plans. (Several times, in fact, but you really only care about the latest decision because that’s the one that I’m actually going with.)

After leaping in head first to help redesign a rodeo site using Joomla earlier this year, I’ve decided to convert the Hospital to Joomla as well. Once I’ve got the design tweaking nailed down, converting the actual content will be much faster than with the current design/redesign because I won’t have to worry about the infrastructure, just the content.

At the risk of sounding like I have many other times before, I don’t envision this taking very long (I realize that “very long” is a relative term. For example, the current redesign has been underway since 2004. That’s a very long “very long”. This will be much shorter.) The design tweaking for the Joomla version should take no more than a month or so to complete. The content conversion should take another month or two. (Keep in mind that I won’t be working on the site full-time.)

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the site at this domain (it was officially opened on August 2, 1999) so my plan is to get this all completed by August 2, 2009. That’s over two months away (70.5 days, to be exact) so it should be doable.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Greedy or ignorant?

Periodically, I come across auctions on eBay in which the sellers are being either extraordinarily greedy or incredibly ignorant of the price points of the items they’re selling.

Someone is currently selling a collection of A Country Practice articles for $199.99 AUD. Most of the other items they’re selling are either auctions with $0.95 starting bids or “Buy it Now” items with reasonable (<$10) prices. But they’ve decided that their collections of A Country Practice and Neighbours articles are going to be lucrative. Meaning they think ACP and Neighbours fans are suckers. If I were going to pay $200 for a collection of articles, it damned well better be a massive collection, not the couple of dozen articles they have on offer. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t like some of the articles in the collection but certainly not enough to fork out $200, even if I had $200.

I also have to wonder at people who sell something like a fan card, which would fit in a regular mail envelope and cost regular mail postage, with a shipping charge of $6. I realize that eBay is all about making money but really?

[edited to add on September 5: Surprise, surprise. They haven't managed to sell those clippings yet so the latest price is $49.99.]

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Reminiscing

Went looking today to see if the old Delphi forum I’d created was still there. It is. Hasn’t been touched really since about 2002 or so — hasn’t been in active use since 2001-ish. But it’s all still there. What a blast from the past. You want to know about the original core group of fans, that’s the place to go. We were watching the later episodes at the time it all started up so there’s a decided Rosemary/Terence obsession evident there but it’s all great fun to read through. (Framisobal, I miss ya.) 

I remember now why I’ve been away from updating the site for so long. I have a reeeeaaaallllyyy hard time not trying to update the sections as I update them. Each time I open a section up, I remember what I was in the middle of doing there and what I had/have planned for it. The fight to not update takes almost as much time and energy as just doing it. So, despite the fact that I’ve been slaving over hot Web pages for the last several days, I don’t actually have many full sections completed and uploadable. But the updated site as a whole is further along the road to completion and that’s really the important thing.

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She lives!

After a (long overdue) kick in the butt e-mail yesterday (thanks, Ben), I went looking at the site. It’s been a year since I did more than update the DVD stuff. I haven’t even really looked at it since about November 2007.

Blog: I can’t for the life of me remember the login details for the old blog so I’ve installed a new one, this one. Had to manually add the old posts in here as I can’t even manage to get access into the old mySQL database to export the old data. Haven’t had a chance to update all of the links on the various pages so I’ve just put in a 301 redirect on the old URL. This blog just has a slightly tweaked standard template — I’ll worry about really customizing a template for it when everything else is done.

Forum: Well, it’s been offline for years. So much for temporary. I’d installed a new forum (phpBB) at a different location but forgot about completely without doing anything with it. When I went to look at it, imagine my surprise — it was absolutely filled with porn spam. I mean FILLED. Someone was having a field day there. I’ve deleted all that and turned off that forum. And the other one is still offline. I’m toying with the idea of turning it back on but, really, at this point in time I don’t have the time or the energy to sustain it.

Site Updates: Now there’s the kicker. I’m going to do my level best to get most of the redesign finished in the next month or so. Can’t guarantee the episode pages will be done but the rest should be doable. After that, I’ll look at actually updating things. I converted most of the What’s New pages over to the new format. (It’s not as easy a job as it sounds.) I’ve also updated the DVD information so that it is up-to-date, such as it is. MRA Entertainment has apparently been rebranded as destraMusic and their pages for the last known set of DVDs (series 5, part 2) is minimal, to say the least. Yet, ezyDVD says they have it in stock. I’m sure there’s more information on the ACP mailing list but I haven’t been there lately. Will have to add it to my list of “things to do”.

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